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Welcome to the School of Public Policy

Formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy (SPP) is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. And we are hiring an inaugural director! For complete information about the position and application instructions, please visit the UMass Interview Exchange.

SPP is also advertising for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Cybersecurity and Public Policy. Complete information about that position (and application instructions) are available here.

Are you a student interested in our graduate programs? Our classes are small, and the impact our students have on the world is big, so apply here!


UMass Seeks Applicants for SPP Inaugural Director and Assistant/Associate Professor in Cybersecurity

Two outstanding scholars are sought to join SPP--an inaugural director and a faculty member with expertise in cybersecurity and public policy. Details and application information available here for the director position and here for the cybersecurity position

SPP Instructor David Kassel Publishes New Book

Managing Public Projects: A Strategic Framework for Success in an Era of Downsized Government, is the second edition of Kassel's 2010 book and includes several new case studies of interest to policy audiences.

Bushouse Elected to ARNOVA Board

Associate Professor Brenda Bushouse (political science and public policy) was elected to the board of directors for ARNOVA, an international association dedicated to fostering research in the nonprofit sector.

2016 SPP Faculty Colloquium Series Begins on September 19

Erin Baker (industrial engineering) will open the series on Monday, September 19, at 12:15 p.m. in Thompson 620 with a talk on public decision-making in the face of significant disagreement among experts.

Schmidt Publishes Book on Nonprofit Law

Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt, SPP Professor of Practice, has published the second edition of Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization.